In the kindie music world, Kira Willey breaks through with her unique, two-in-one albums that blend upbeat, danceable music with get-up-and-move yoga inspiration. In October 2011, this innovative singer-songwriter from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, released her second CD, Kings & Queens of the Forest:Yoga Songs for Kids Vol. 2. The collection of 13 joyful folk/pop originals also features 13 bonus yoga tracks with Kira’s instructional voiceovers. Included in the album is a lyric booklet that guides parents with illustrations of Kira’s kid-friendly yoga routines. Produced by Zak Rizvi, Kings & Queens of the Forest keeps children captivated with its playful melodies and positive lyrics. Kids are the toughest crowd to please — if they’re not engaged, they simply walk away. But Kira understands her audience well. Her warm, authentic songs, with themes of nature and the simple joys of childhood, connect instantly with children.
Kira’s pure, sweet, and soothing voice resonates with kids. Parents of special-needs children say they find their kids captivated by her songs, and preschool teachers, occupational therapists, and other youth workers regularly use Kira’s songs in their work. Her fun and easy-to-follow yoga instructions teach self- awareness, improve balance and strength, and build confidence.
In 2003 Kira became certified to teach yoga to children, and founded Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids. A year later, she released her first album, Dance for the Sun:Yoga Songs for Kids, which garnered many music-industry accolades, including the Independent Music Award for Best Children’s Album. In 2009, Dell featured her song “Colors” in a worldwide media campaign, which earned her fans around the globe.
Kira’s most recent album, Kings & Queens of the Forest--available on iTunes, CDBaby.com, and her website www.firefliesyoga.com--has won a Parents' Choice Award, the Vox Pop Independent Music Award for Best Children's Album, and two songwriting awards for the leadoff track "Roller Coaster." She performs with her band and teaches her innovative musical yoga program all over the Northeast.